Banff World Media Festival

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Media leaders talk insurance, co-commissioning during pandemic

Insurance remains an unanswered question as companies examine risk on a project-by-project basis, execs from Lionsgate, HBO Max, Yes Studios and CBC told BANFF delegates.

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Updated Broadcasting Act to be tabled in fall, says Heritage minister

Steven Guilbeault said the government is “trying to find a solution” to the COVID-19 insurance problem, and provided details on phase-two emergency funds, in his opening BANFF remarks.

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Baroness von Sketch Show leads Canadian Rockie Award winners

The Baronesses claimed a trio of prizes including the Canadian Award of Distinction, while Fleabag, Gentleman Jack and Mytho were among the big international winners.

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Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices participants revealed

Participants in this year’s program for underrepresented creators include Miryam Charles, Supinder Wraich, Schelby Jean-Baptiste and Chrystelle Maechler.

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BANFF 2020 goes virtual with four-month content and events program

The festival’s 41st edition kicks off May 26 with a master class session featuring post-apocalyptic drama Snowpiercer.

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CBC leads Canadian nods for virtual Rockie Awards

37 Canadian titles picked up nominations in the Banff World Media Festival’s annual awards show, which will be livestreamed on June 15 in place of a physical ceremony.

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BANFF cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

“Cancelling the festival after 41 years of success was not a decision we took lightly, but it was the right thing to do for festival delegates, speakers, and staff,” said chair Randy Lennox.

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BANFF adds African media mogul Mo Abudu to Summit Series

The EbonyLife founder will discuss her experience as an entrepreneur in a keynote talk aimed at participants of the BANFF Spark accelerator.

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Minister Steven Guilbeault to open BANFF

The Minister of Canadian Heritage will deliver a keynote address during opening ceremonies on June 14 as part of his first appearance at the festival.

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Ted Sarandos to keynote BANFF’s Summit Series

Netflix’s chief content officer will take part in a fireside chat set for Monday, June 15.

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Sandra Dewey and Colin Bohm join BANFF board of directors

The WarnerMedia and Corus execs join as the Alberta festival gears up for its 41st edition in June.

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Jennifer Holness, Lauren Corber among 50 chosen for BANFF Spark

The program, supported by the Government of Canada and the Banff World Media Festival, gives training, mentorship and networking opportunites to female entrepreneurs.